The Peavler Group, P.C.

The Peavler Group, P.C.

Experienced, Responsive & Attentive Attorneys in Dallas, Texas

Firm Overview

At The Peavler Group, PC, customer service still means something. That is why our attorneys are always personally available for our clients. We believe legal representation should provide clients with more than just paper pushing and canned briefs. At The Peavler Group, our legal representation delivers strategy and forward thinking that reduces future liability exposure and litigation costs. And it is based on collaboration between lawyer and client, a skill often cast aside in today's hurried, impersonal world.

It is this commitment to working directly with our clients that has earned The Peavler Group the trust of some of America's most respected companies and has earned Donna Peavler the coveted AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry for professionalism and ethics. Our clients are our best source of referrals, because they know first-hand how we combine experience, knowledge, legal prowess and high ethical standards with a commitment to service.

At The Peavler Group, we look for ways to enhance our clients' legal position today and tomorrow by settling cases that need to be settled, trying cases that need to be tried, and working one-on-one with our clients to realize their pursuit of excellence.

Dallas trial attorneys provide defense litigation services in Texas:
Assembling a winning team is critical in just about every arena. But it's particularly important in law. At The Peavler Group, PC, we offer the best of both small and large firms. We offer you the experience and specialized skill you will find at large firms as well as the responsive, cost-effective and client-focused approach that only a boutique firm can deliver.

We've worked hard to earn a reputation for insightful and effective representation. But, as importantly, we recognize that our success has been built on our clients

Main Office

Main Office
3400 Carlisle Street, Suite 430 LB 16
Dallas TX 75204



Personal Injury

The Peavler Group has substantial experience in representing business owners and occupiers of land against premises-liability claims.

"Premises liability" law covers any type of claim that results from an allegedly "unreasonably dangerous condition" on the property. While mass retailers such as discount stores, grocery stores and malls are the most common targets due to the large volume of customers that enter their stores, all business owners who have a physical business location are at risk.

Premises liability claims typically are made by customers or employees who sustain personal injuries as a
result of:
-a slip and fall;
-a trip and fall;
-falling objects; or
-a crime committed against the customer or employee on the business owner's property.

Common hazards that can subject a business owner to premises liability include spilled water on the floor, an un-marked step or curb, a crack or hole in the sidewalk or floor, inadequate lighting, and leaking equipment. Additionally, business owners whose property is located in a high-crime area may be exposed to premises-liability claims resulting from an assault, rape or other crime committed on the business's property.

We aggressively defend cases, often obtaining an early dismissal through procedural tactics such as removal to federal court and motions for summary judgment. For those cases that cannot be dismissed or reasonably settled, The Peavler Group is well-equipped to take those cases to trial in state or federal court. In addition, The Peavler Group helps clients evaluate whether they have any right to contribution or indemnity from other parties such as contractors, vendors or insurers. If contribution or indemnity is available, The Peavler Group assists its clients in pursuing potentially responsible parties, often recovering for its clients all of their attorneys' fees.

The Peavler Group works with its clients to understand the company's operations, policies and procedures, and it works with risk-management, security and management personnel to both defend premises-liability claims and to provide advice on reducing potential liability exposure. Whether you have received a claim or just want to evaluate your potential premises-liability exposure, The Peavler Group can help.

David E. Brezik

The Peavler Group, P.C.

Practice Emphasis:
David E. Brezik is a lawyer representing clients in all aspects of insurance defense litigation involving premises liability, products liability, commercial transportation, and non-subscriber matters and appeals.

-Juris Doctor, South Texas College of Law, 2012
-Articles Editor, Texas Journal of Business Law
-B.A., History, University of Texas at Austin, 2009

-State Bar of Texas, 2012

Memberships & Affiliations:
-South Texas College of Law Alumni Association
-Texas Exes Alumni Association - Life Member
-Silver Spurs Alumni Association

Recent Business Development: "Bankruptcy Law - Whether a debtor-in-possession can avoid a pre-petition real property foreclosure that complies with state law and is non-collusive on the grounds that the foreclosure constituted a preferential transfer," Texas Journal of Business Law, Vol. 44, No.1.


South Texas College of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2012

B. Kyle Briscoe

The Peavler Group, P.C.

Practice Emphasis:
Kyle Briscoe is a trial lawyer specializing in defense litigation. He has successfully handled a broad spectrum of cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, commercial disputes, transportation, and non-subscriber matters. His clients range in size from small business owners to multi-national corporations, including retailers, community service providers, freight companies, and restaurants.

Kyle has effectively represented clients in numerous jury trials in state and federal courts throughout Texas. In addition, he has extensive experience handling appellate matters.

Representative Experience:
-Alharbi v. Kroger, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas - Obtained defense verdict at trial for Kroger (a non-subscribing employer) in case involving allegations of improper training and unsafe workplace resulting in significant bodily injuries including fractured ribs.
-Coto v. Kroger, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas - Obtained defense verdict at trial for Kroger in a premises liability case involving allegations of negligence resulting in significant neck, shoulder, and knee injuries.
-Acosta v. Kroger, Denton, Denton County, Texas - Obtained defense verdict at trial for Kroger in a premises liability case involving allegations of significant spinal and leg injuries.
-Earwood v. IESI, Garland, Dallas County, Texas - Obtained defense verdict at trial for IESI (now Progressive Waste Solutions) in motor vehicle accident case involving allegations of negligent hiring and negligent entrustment resulting in significant personal injuries and property damage.
-Gibson v. Larue, Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas - Obtained defense verdict at trial for local business owner in case involving breach of contract allegations.
-Davis v. Kroger, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas - Obtained defense verdict at trial for Kroger in a case involving allegations of significant property damage as a result of defective fuel.
-Olsen v. Kroger, Garland, Dallas County, Texas - Obtained defense verdict at trial for Kroger in a premises liability/negligent activity case involving allegations of significant property damage.
-Wilson v. Target Corporation, Rockwall, Rockwall County, Texas - Obtained defense verdict at trial for Target Corporation in a premises liability case involving allegations of significant bodily injuries including knee and back injuries.
-Borodina v. Kroger, McKinney, Collin County, Texas -Obtained defense verdict at trial for Kroger in a premises liability/negligent activity case involving allegations of significant bodily injuries including a fractured coccyx.
-Obtained dismissal of OSHA complaint for non-subscriber wholesale grocery distributor in a case involving alleged violations of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act's whistleblower protection provisions.
-Obtained multiple summary judgments for non-subscriber employers in cases involving allegations of an unsafe workplace, inadequate training, improper supervision, etc.
-Obtained multiple summary judgments for premises owners in cases involving premises liability and negligent activity claims.

Reported Cases:
-Austin v. Kroger Texas L.P., ___ F. Supp. 3d. ___, 2012 WL 2795674 (N.D. Tex. July 10, 2012).

-Juris Doctor, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, cum laude, 2009.
-National Finalist -


Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2009

Neely R. Fortinberry

The Peavler Group, P.C.

Practice Emphasis:
Neely has been licensed to practice law since 1998. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Neely began her career as a prosecutor with the Johnson County Attorney's Office. There she prosecuted juvenile misdemeanor and felony cases and tried certifications of juveniles to the Texas Youth Commission. She then moved on to the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, where she was a Felony Assistant District Attorney prosecuting rapes, child abuse and murder cases. She also served as the Supervising Felony Prosecutor over the Family Violence Unit.

In 2002, Neely moved over to the civil sector and began defending personal injury cases for insurance companies. During that time, she received a number of awards including being named as the Division Attorney of the Year for Farmers Insurance. She then went on to defend large corporations in high-stake civil litigation cases involving products liability, construction and insurance defense claims for clients such as Mission Itech Hockey, Zachry Construction, Chick-Fil-A and La Madeleine restaurants.

Neely has successfully tried more than 175 jury trials to verdict in county and district courts all around the state.

Neely has been recognized by her peers three times as a Top Attorney in Tarrant County for Personal Injury Defense.

-B.S. Psychology, Texas Christian University, 1995
-J.D., Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 1998

Professional Affiliations:
-Admitted to practice U.S. District Court, Northern District
-College of the State Bar of Texas, Maintaining Member
-Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
-Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
-Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Nominated by the Supreme Court of Texas, Former Member

Community Involvement:
-Boys and Girls Club of Arlington, Board of Directors 2011-present
-Junior Activities Board, The Fort Worth Club, 2010-present
-Halo Society, Former Board of Director
-Junior League of Arlington
-Women's Club of Fort Worth
-Fort Worth Ballet Guild
-Republican Forum, Treasurer, 2009-present
-TCU Alumni Association
-Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation, Former Member

Speeches and Presentations:
-"Spoliation: Avoiding a Case Killer," Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. & South River Restoration. August 9, 2012


Texas Wesleyan School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1998

Donna Peavler

The Peavler Group, P.C.

Practice Emphasis:
Over the last 20 years, Donna Peavler has emerged as a knowledgeable and highly regarded lawyer in Texas personal injury litigation. She tried and won her first case while still in law school at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, and has since tried numerous cases to verdict in both Texas state and federal courts. She also has developed an impressive appellate record, arguing and winning cases in state and federal courts of appeals, as well as the Texas Supreme Court.

After interning for Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Phillips and graduating from law school with honors in 1992, Donna began her career with Jones Day, where she practiced in the litigation group for six years before pursing a more trial-oriented practice. In 1998, she joined the boutique Dallas litigation firm of Hartline, Dacus, Dreyer & Kern, where she was able to compile valuable trial experience in both state and federal courts.

In 2002, Donna left Hartline Dacus to form her own firm with brothers Don and Doug Uloth. In 2008, she formed The Peavler Group to focus on general liability, nonsubscription and commercial litigation. Donna has worked hard to develop a strong reputation for providing large and small clients with high quality and efficient legal representation. Donna's clients range from large companies like The Kroger Co., Target Corporation, Bass Pro Stores, IESI Industries, Inc., Fiesta Mart, Inc. and Grocers Supply Co. to small retailers, home health care providers and construction companies.

Donna takes a personal interest in each of her clients, and participates in the community by providing pro bono representation to clients who are financially unable to retain counsel. Donna also is an active speaker and writer on various litigation and risk-management issues, with published papers on topics ranging from nonsubscription, arbitration and products liability to federal procedural issues.

Julie L. Sinor

The Peavler Group, P.C.

Michael W. Stumbaugh

The Peavler Group, P.C.